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Metallic car paint colors vary widely in color, and sparkle effect, offering a broad range of colors to suit most car paint enthusiasts. If you’ve been looking for high-quality, custom metallic auto paint, then we most likely have a color you’ll like.

Understanding Metallic Car Paint Colors

How is metallic paint made?

Metallic paint is made when finely ground aluminum is added to pigmented and un-pigmented paints.  The aluminum particles provide a sparkle that ranges in size, brightness, and sometimes color depending on the manner in which the aluminum is ground, refined, and modified.  Combining this with a wide range of semi-transparent and transparent pigments can produce countless color combinations.

What is metal flake and how is it different than metallic pigments?

Metal flake is often confused with metallic pigments and metallic paints but they are a very different technology altogether.  As we mentioned earlier, metallic pigments are created by controlled grinding of aluminum whereas metal flake is actually a multistep process that begins with a thin plastic film (usually polyethylene terephthalate aka PET).  The process generally begins by “metallizing” large sheets of polymer with aluminum to produce an ultra fine layer of aluminum on the sheet.  In some cases this “metallized” sheet is then chopped up into a specified shape and size and sold as uncoated silver metal flake.  However, for more durable applications the metallized sheet is coated with a protective coating to reduce oxidation of the aluminum before being chopped up and sold as coated silver metal flake.

How does metallic paint differ from Pearl Paint?

As we talked about previously, the sparkle in metallic paint is based on controlled grinding of aluminum.  Pearl paints on the other hand as based on mica, aluminum oxide or glass substrates that are colored using very specific metal oxide layers and tightly controlled layer thickness. What this means is that pearl paints return a colored sparkle whereas metallic paints return a silver sparkle unless interfered with by pigment or dye that has coated over the aluminum.  It’s not to say that one is better than the other only different appearances.  One notable difference other than color is opacity or “hide”. Metallic based paints typically cover better than the pearl equivalents in the same shade range.  In many cases the coverage is very similar but in some colors, usually, lighter ones, the difference is more prominent.  In practice, factory paints are often a blend of pearl and metallic in order to achieve a nice balance of depth, chroma, and opacity.